Double-major Student Achieves 4.0, Looks Forward to Medical School
Over 900 students will walk across the stage, shake hands and receive their diploma at the C. T. Bauer College of Business convocation ceremony on May 15, but graduating senior Varun Potluri will be juggling several different responsibilities that same day.
Potluri, who majored in management at Bauer, managed to maintain a perfect 4.0 and has been selected as the banner bearer for the business college’s convocation ceremony at Hofheinz Pavilion. He is also a double-major in biology and received top honors from UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics — which means he will serve as the banner bearer for NSM’s convocation ceremony just a few hours earlier.
“I don’t know what to expect. Friday will be crazy,” Potluri said of his mad dash to serve at both ceremonies. “But I feel very proud to be representing UH at both ceremonies.”
Potluri set out on his path to success as a student at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, only one of 10 students selected to join an eight-year program with a trajectory that would take him from four years of high school, to four years at UH and eventually lead him to medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine.
“The high school program I was in helped me discover if I really saw myself in the medical field, and we rotated specialties to see what we really liked,” Potluri said. “I really enjoyed the patient interaction. I have spent a lot of time volunteering and being involved in the community so that’s what caught my eye and hooked me in.”
He said that the Affordable Care Act sparked his interest in hospital administration, something he hopes the business acumen he sharpened at Bauer can help him become active in professionally. Overall, Potluri says he feels more prepared for medical school thanks to the extremely structured program he is in and the guidance he received along the way.
“Naturally, I’m nervous for medical school, but all of the UH advisors have helped guide us through the process,” Potluri said. “I also had amazing professors at Bauer — really all of my professors were the pick of the litter.”
He said he also feels the support of his older sister and brother, both UH alumni, who paved the way for him as a Cougar graduate. At only 21 years old, Potluri says he feels young but can’t wait to finish his residency and start his own family one day.
“I’m the youngest of three, and my siblings have been incredibly supportive,” Potluri said. “My sister graduated with her biology and psychology degrees, and my brother received his MBA from Bauer in 2013, which inspired me to combine my science degree with business.”
Potluri added that his sense of Cougar pride has shaped him for the road ahead at medical school.
“It always amazes me when I’m walking on campus past thousands of students because you have to consider the value of all of their backgrounds and what they bring to the table,” Potluri said. “Being such a big school, UH offers a wealth of experience, knowledge and value that helps you succeed.”
By Danielle Ponder